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9:52 pm. FINAL STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak, USOPTC, 174.150
2. Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma, 168.600
3. Akash Modi, Stanford, 168.250
4. Shane Wiskus, Minnesota, 167.600
5. Trevor Howard, Ohio State, 164.900
6. Allan Bower, Oklahoma, 163.650
7. Donnell Whittenburg, USOPTC, 163.100
8. Sean Melton, Ohio State, 162.750
9. Adrian de los Angels, USOPTC, 161.600
10. Riley Loos, Technique, 160.650
11. Levi Anderson, Oklahoma, 160.300
12. Paul Juda, Buffalo Grove, 159.850
13. Gage Dyer, Oklahoma, 158.000
14. Timothy Wang, USOPTC, 155.450
15. Jacob Moore, Michigan, 155.200
16. Stewart Brown, Iowa, 153.900
17. Evan Davis, Iowa, 153.600
18. Kanji Oyama, USOPTC, 152.650
19. Justin Ah Chow, Ohio State, 150.500
20. Bennett Huang, Iowa, 149.500
21. Kiwan Watts, Arizona State, 147.850
22. Brennan Pantazis, Penn State, 147.800
23. Mike Fletcher, Illinois, 145.850
24. Mitchell Mandozzi, Iowa, 126.000
25. Alex Diab, Illinois, 110.500
26. Donothan Bailey, USOPTC, 107.200
27. Eddie Penev, USOPTC, 54.900
28. Stephen Nedoroscik, Penn State, 28.900
29. Michael Paradise, Illinois, 28.300
30. Mike Wilner, UIC, 27.850
Sam Mikulak won every event gold but rings, which Alex Diab won, and vault, where Shane Wiskus took gold.
9:50 pm. Donnell Whittenburg SR: Maltese, really strong, swings through to an iron cross. Inverted hang, swings up to a relatively (for him) shaky handstand, double pike to maltese pressed up to planche, fab, then swings from an inverted pike up to a planche, DDLO dismount with a hop back.
9:49 pm. Just saw the last two passes of Allan Bower’s routine, though obviously hard to judge how a routine went overall by just that. Let’s hope it went well?!
Just Donnell Whittenburg left to go on rings.
9:47 pm. Yul finishes with an 84.600 today, and a 168.600 total to pull into the silver medal position. At this point, no one can challenge, so it looks like the podium will be Sam, Yul, and Akash, with Shane in a close fourth!
9:44 pm. Yul Moldauer FX: Hit his first pass, then a 2.5 to front full, and a beautiful double arabian half-out, stuck cold. Gorgeous flair work. 3.5 to barani, nice. Solid double full side pass. Triple full to finish is a bit underrotated, small hop on the landing. Really fab routine overall. 14.700 (5.8, 8.900)
9:43 pm. Riley Loos crashed his vault, sadly.
Trevor Howard with an 81.650 today, a little lower than yesterday. 163.900 total.
Akash Modi VT: BEAUTIFUL KAZ 1.5 STUCK COLD OMGGGGGG.
9:42 pm. And that’s an 87.400 for Sam today!!!!!!!! SCREAMING. 174.150 total.
9:41 pm. Gage Dyer FX: We jumped into his routine just as he did a butterfly, YAS. 2.5 to barani, double double with a little hop back to finish.
9:40 pm. Shane with an 83.650 today, to go along with his 83.950 from yesterday!
Sam Mikulak SR: Iron cross, he’s got game face. Swings up to a planche, then down through to an inverted hang. Pike hang, double tuck up to iron cross, a tiny bit shaky, inverted pike into his double pike up to handstand, good there, a little sway to it, great handstand after that but we’re at a bad angle for handstands, AND HE STUCK THE DOUBLE DOUBLEEEEEE. 14.250 (5.6, 8.650)
9:39 pm. Brennan Pantazis VT: I didn’t see what he did but he sat it. 😦
9:38 pm. Shane Wiskus PH: Scissor work at first, a little bumpy areas but not bad. Gets on that single pommel for some circles and looks good. Travels, mostly good, loses some hip form throughout, but then gets into the dismount very well and hits. He’s thrilled. What a meet. 13.400
9:33 pm. SHANE THO. I hate to say this but he might replace Akash on my team………..THAT’S JUST ME SEEING THE STANDINGS AND GETTING DRAMATIC.
9:31 pm. ROTATION 11 STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak 159.900
2. Shane Wiskus 154.200
3. Yul Moldauer 153.900
4. Akash Modi 153.750
5. Trevor Howard 151.050
6. Sean Melton 149.400
7. Allan Bower 149.200
8. Adrian de los Angeles 149.150
9:30 pm. Akash Modi SR: Low leg angle on his maltese at first but he corrects it I think, double tuck to double pike to iron cross, L sit, little swing up to handstand is nice, handstand after that has some sway, double double with a hop back. 14.050 (5.9, 8.150)
9:29 pm. Just a 12.050 for Kanji Oyama on pommels, LITERALLY GO TO BED.
9:27 pm. Yul Moldauer HB: Yamawaki to Endo, one-arm front pirouette, tak full, tak half, Kovacs, a little close and he has to muscle around the next giant, hop full, Rybalko, FTDLO, GORGEOUS in the air, and a great landing but he doesn’t look thrilled. 12.600 (5.4, 7.200)
9:24 pm. Adrian de los Angeles PH: A few little things throughout, mostly with his ankles, and he’s not super extended, but another good hit routine. 12.500 (5.0, 7.500)
9:22 pm. Donothan Bailey PH: Solid hit routine, just really sketchy and muscled on his handstand into the dismount, he’s basically horizontal at one part. 14.200 (6.2, 8.000)
Shane Wiskus FX: Double front half-out, hop back. Double double with a small hop forward. 2.5 to front full, stuck cold. Front double full to barani. Clean double full. Stuck the triple full. MY GOODNESS. Okay how do I get him to worlds?! 14.300 (5.8, 8.500)
9:21 pm. Just a 12.850 for Allan Bower on HB (5.0, 7.850).
Nice hit routine from Mitchell Mandozzi on PB just now.
14.400 for Sam’s pommels (6.0, 8.400).
9:19 pm. Levi Anderson HB: Yamawaki to Gienger, tak half, one-arm giant, layout Tkachev half, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev half, stuck the FTDLO! Yay. 13.050 (5.6, 7.450)
WE MISSED SAM ON POMMELS, WHY. Lots of cheers and it cuts to him smiling really big. GUYS HE’S 11 FOR 11.
9:18 pm. Trevor Howard just hit vault for a 14.050 (5.2, 8.850).
9:16 pm. Donnell Whittenburg PH: Hit routine! Some form things, especially near the end, and those will rack up considerably I think. But hit.
9:10 pm. ROTATION 10 STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak 145.500
2. Yul Moldauer 141.300
3. Akash Modi 139.700
— Shane Wiskus 139.700
5. Trevor Howard 137.000
6. Adrian de los Angeles 136.650
7. Allan Bower 136.350
8. Sean Melton 136.100
9:08 pm. Kanji Oyama FX: 2.5 to front double full, fab. Goes for a 3.5 after but falls out of it and just lunges right down into his split before his press handstand, HILARIOUS. Lands it TERRIBLY, you can tell he’s already hurt his knee, but goes into the punch front anyway. Sits on the floor for a minute and grabs his knee…AND THEN DOES THE TRIPLE FULL AT THE END WHAT THE HELL. Kanji needs a nap.
9:07 pm. Kiwan Watts HB: We saw it from the Yamawaki, swings his arm out to the side while in flight which seems nuts but get it I guess?! Kolman, tucked his legs on the catch and it took him a sec to get his form back before a Kovacs, which was much better. Endo full, pretty late, Endo, tak half, FTDLO, stuck with his head and shoulders down. 10.850 (5.1, 5.750)
9:06 pm. Adrian de los Angeles FX: We cut in at his flairs and I believe only got to see the double full and 2.5 after that. Well, those were good, and he’s smiling, so fingers crossed for a fully hit routine. 14.050 (5.4, 8.650)
9:05 pm. Riley Loos PH: I didn’t see most of this, he had a couple of wonky leg moments that I DID see, but he hit.
Eddie Penev with a 13.850 on floor (5.8, 8.050).
9:04 pm. Stephen Nedoroscik with a 13.950 on pommels, but we didn’t see it so not sure what happened.
Trevor Howard with a 14.700 on rings!!! GOD I WANT HIM ON THIS TEAM, I just don’t know where to put himmmm.
9:03 pm. Shane Wiskus HB: Cassina, caught with one arm, fully swung around with one arm, and didn’t phase him. OKAY EPKE. Kolman after, some leg stuff, then a good Kovacs. ACTUAL one arm swing, stalder, DDLO with a small step. WELL. Bonus points for a one-arm Cassina catch tbh.
9:00 pm. Gage Dyer PB: I saw some the end and it was fine!
I just went back and watched another routine of Donnell’s on floor and I don’t THINK he was going into a Japanese handstand…I think he may have just had a weird moment with his actual skill (I forgot what he did, circles maybe?) that made him look so depressed? It was super weird, he had his arms out like he was going to press up, then kind of just like, fell back out of it? Idk man.
8:58 pm. Sam Mikulak FX: Piked double front, 2.5 to double front, great. Front double full to front tuck full. He’s killing it. Flairs are fab. Omg. 1.5 to front full. Triple full with a slight bounce back. Really really good work. 14.650 (5.9, 8.750)
8:56 pm. Stewart Brown VT: My vault went black for like two routines, and came back to see this kid hit his vault with a step to the side.
8:53 pm. Donnell Whittenburg FX: Something into his piked double front, I didn’t see it, then a front layout into his double front half-out, both landings maybe a little tentative. DDLO, good. 2.5 side pass LIKE A BAAAAWWWWSS. Omg he effed up his Japanese handstand, I’M SCREAMING. He like couldn’t press up into it?!?!?! WHAT. THE. HELL. Double double, small hop forward. He’s going to have a rage stroke. 14.350 (5.9, 8.450)
8:52 pm. Akash Modi PH: Scissor up to handstand back down to scissors before he starts traveling along. Some nit picky moments with his hips and knees but overall strong.
8:51 pm. Yul Moldauer PB: Lovely press up to handstand at the start, and then swings through to another lovely one. Pretty steady in his pirouettes, a couple of salto half skills in there, and a stuck double front half-out. Great!!! 14.600 (6.0, 8.600)
8:50 pm. ROTATION 9 STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak 130.850
2. Shane Wiskus 126.750
3. Yul Moldauer 126.700
4. Akash Modi 125.800
5. Adrian de los Angeles 122.600
6. Allan Bower 122.550
7. Trevor Howard 122.300
8. Sean Melton 122.200
8:45 pm. 200 year wait for Adrian’s high bar score.
8:42 pm. Adrian de los Angeles HB: Yamawaki to Endo, huge layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev is also nice, straddle Tkachev half, one-arm front pirouette, tak full, very late there, tak half right on the bar, stalder, FTDLO with a great landing.
8:40 pm. Ooh, nice 14.050 on floor from Jacob Moore (5.6, 8.450)!
8:38 pm. Donothan Bailey HB: Yamawaki to straddle Tkachev half, straddle Tkachev to layout Tkachev, misses his hands and falls, rolls out of it. Gets the layout Tkachev on the second try, Endo, tak full with a weird hand adjustment, tak half is late, stalder, hop full, DDLO stuck cold. 12.400 (5.7, 6.700)
I missed most of Shane Wiskus’ p-bars but they were apparently glorious. 14.850 (6.0, 8.850)!
8:35 pm. Sam Mikulak HB: Let’s goooooo bro. Cassina, good, Kolman, caught really high and close but doesn’t phase him much, OMGGGG Liukin!!!! Layout Tkachev to straddle half, really muscly through that but he FIGHTS THROUGH, gets some of the swings out of the way after, then a little hop on his DDLO, DAMN, so impressed with him getting that upgrade and then fighting through a tough moment. 14.500 (6.5, 8.000)
8:33 pm. Michael Fletcher PB: Short or arched just ever so slightly in some handstands, Bhavsar and Tippelt were nice, good double pike dismount.
8:32 pm. Donnell Whittenburg HB: Blind change to front giant to tak half, hop full, leg form in his layout Tkachev half is a bit rough, tak full, hand adjustments, one-arm pirouette before his Yamawaki half, then a Yamawaki, stalder, DDLO, stuck, just swings his arms through to steady his balance. 13.450 (5.6, 7.850)
8:30 pm. Bennet Huang SR: We missed almost all of this. Stumbled back his full-in half-out double tuck. 11.550 (4.5, 7.050)
8:29 pm. Levi Anderson VT: Tsuk double pike!!! Yaaaas. I didn’t pay super close attention to his form but the landing was superb. 14.500 (5.6, 8.900)
8:28 pm. Allan Bower VT: Kaz 1.5, ALMOOOOST stuck. Omg. Takes a baby step back. Looked mostly good in the air, just little things. 14.250 (5.2, 9.050)
Akash Modi FX: Piked double front, hop forward. I missed the next two passes because my Tunnel Bear switched off for a sec, APOLOGIES. Randi after that and a solid double full side pass. Triple full at the end is slightly short, hop forward. 13.850 (5.9, 7.950)
8:27 pm. We missed Yul Moldauer’s vault but he got a 14.400 (5.2, 9.200)!
8:26 pm. Riley Loos FX: Punches into a Randi to start, nice. Then a double front half-out, PERFECT. Drooling. 2.5 to barani, stuck. Double full is stuck as well. 1.5 to front full, very nice. Front double full, little hop forward. Good! Love a front tumbler. 14.300 (5.6, 8.700)
8:25 pm. Trevor Howard PH: Kinda stuck in his scissors at first, but then gets into the groove. Little form things throughout, mostly hip-related, but another really solid set for him.
Gage Dyer just got a 14.500 on vault! I heard a HUGE cheer from the crowd after he finished.
8:24 pm. I feel like this was the longest touch warm-up ever.
8:19 pm. ROTATION 8 STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak 116.250
2. Yul Moldauer 112.300
3. Akash Modi 111.950
4. Shane Wiskus 111.900
5. Trevor Howard 109.800
6. Adrian de los Angeles 109.200
7. Sean Melton 108.400
8. Allan Bower 108.300
8:13 pm. Sam Mikulak PB: Came a little early out of one of his pirouette transition things, and he’s not super precise on another one as well. His half salto into his straddle salto, Bhavsar, those go well. Tippelt, excellent. Double front half-out, maybe a little low, but stuck cold. 15.200 (6.5, 8.700)
8:10 pm. Donnell Whittenburg PB: I wasn’t typing during this but it was excellent! All the big saltos your heart could possibly desire, some great handstands, and he really fought for the stick on the double front half-out, but had to give in and take a small step back.
Oh, never mind…we must have cut in late to this. Well, everything they showed on the stream was excellent! Something must have happened at the beginning. CRIES FOREVER. WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU. 12.700 (6.3, 6.400)
8:08 pm. We didn’t see Allan Bower on rings but he got a 13.300, that’s pretty much it for “big” missed routines but Michael Fletcher got a 14.350 on vault so yay for him. And Timothy Wang got a 13.650 on p-bars.
8:06 pm. Alex Diab VT: Omg, stuck the CRAAAAP out of his kaz 1.5, that was amazing. Like he knew exactly where the landing was. So good, especially on a front-landing vault. His knee form is a mess in the air but god that landing was *chef’s kiss* 14.350 (5.2, 9.150)
8:05 pm. Akash Modi HB: Yamawaki goes really high but not super long, no problems catching though, maybe just angled a bit off? Layout Tkachev to straddle Tkachev half, tak half, straddle Tkachev, layout Tkachev half, front pirouette, Endo, nothing super noticeably wrong with anything. DDLO dismount, body line gets a bit smushed with his hips, pikes down, but this was a solid set. Just little things. 13.650 (6.0, 7.650)
8:04 pm. Yul Moldauer SR: Maltese, swings down into an inverted hang, then presses through to a maltese and swings through THAT to an iron cross. Back to an inverted hang before his saltos up to an iron cross, immediately opens his hands like “jealous?” Excellent straddle planche, a little arched in the handstand after, tiniest hop forward on his double double. Another “much better than day one” routine for him. 13.900 (5.7, 8.200)
8:03 pm. Paul Juda VT: Kaz 1.5, his twists look nuts, maybe just because they’re so fast, goes a bit crooked in the air and takes a step forward. 14.200 (5.2, 9.100, -0.1)
8:02 pm. Kanji Oyama PB: some little adjustments in his opening handstands, has some sway in his back as well. Salto elements are good, big straddle salto, oof, then goes for a pirouette and can’t get it to handstand, arms give out…swings through to the next element, but then sits his dismount after. Rough. 12.300 (5.8, 6.500)
8:01 pm. Trevor Howard FX: He hit high bar in the first rotation, btw! Piked double front, some soft knees and a hop forward. Front layout to double front half-out, a little low with a hop forward. Full-in half-out double tuck, a little iffy on the landing but a great pass. 2.5 to front full, a little wonky coming out of the 2.5 but good cover. Double full stuck for his side pass. Arabian double front, stuck with his chest forward. Ugh I love him. 14.200 (5.7, 8.500)
8:00 pm. Adrian de los Angeles PB: We jumped in at his double salto, pretty much everything else I saw was super exact and solid, double front dismount with a small hop forward. 14.600 (5.8, 8.800)
7:59 pm. Shane Wiskus VT: Kaz 1.5, super clean in the air, tiniest hop forward. 14.350 (5.2, 9.150)
7:57 pm. Sean Melton FX: Double double, stuck cold, very nice. Piked double front, little hop. Front double full to front layout. He’s mostly great. Pike sit pressed up to handstand, then rolls through and does a press handstand, cool transition into the corner. 2.5 to barani, clean and solid again. Side pass is a double full, no problems. Triple full, weakest of the bunch, a bit underrotated but he corrects well. 13.950 (5.7, 8.250)
7:53 pm. Okay, just because I haven’t talked team situations yet, I think I’d absolutely go with Sam, Yul, Akash, and Donnell but then I come up blank for the fifth spot. Someone for…pommels and high bar? Or just take a really great pommels guy like Stephen, and then hope for the best from the all-arounders on high bar? I honestly can’t decide.
7:51 pm. ROTATION 7 STANDINGS
1. Sam Mikulak 101.050
2. Yul Moldauer 98.400
3. Akash Modi 97.550
4. Shane Wiskus 97.550
5. Trevor Howard 95.600
6. Donnell Whittenburg 95.400
7. Allan Bower 95.000
8. Adrian de los Angeles 94.600
7:50 pm. Michael Fletcher SR: L sit down to iron cross, then into an inverted pike hang, saltos up to an L sit, presses it up to handstand, pretty muscly at first but when he gets there, he arches over, over, OVER until he fall right out of handstand. Arches over the next two handstands pretty severely as well, but not AS bad, full-twisting double layout dismount.
7:48 pm. Akash Modi PB: Lost some leg form in a pirouette, Bhavsar, Tippelt, both very controlled. Some ankle form on a pirouette after that. Full-twisting double tuck dismount with a bounce back. 14.350 (6.1, 8.250)
7:46 pm. Sam Mikulak VT: Kaz 1.5, MUUUUUCH better than night one. So clean, just a small hop forward. Fab. 14.300 (5.2, 9.100)
7:45 pm. Yul Moldauer PH: Excellent work on his scissors to flairs, mostly great in his circles, just some hips to look out for, and then nails the transition up into the dismount. Much better than night one! Mid-routine the feed cut over to the dude waiting to go on rings just like, watching Yul? Cool. 14.000 (5.6, 8.8)
7:44 pm. Donnell Whittenburg VT: Roche, great rotation and body position on the landing, tiniest hop forward. 14.300 (5.2, 9.100)
Before him, Timothy Wang hit his vault, assuming a kaz 1.5, for a 14.400! The USOPTC guys are crushing it tonight.
7:43 pm. We didn’t see it but Kanji Oyama hit his vault tonight, 14.350 (5.2, 9.150).
7:41 pm. Shane Wiskus SR: Inverted hang, double tuck to double pike up to straddle planche, leg angle is a bit lower than his hips. L sit to straddle planche, swings through to a handstand that he almost loses but muscles back up, swinging a bit after that, full-in half-out double tuck dismount with a hop. 13.600 (5.3, 8.300)
7:40 pm. Sean Melton HB: Yamawaki, Kovacs, Kolman, all pretty great! Hop full, blind change to tak, tak half, a little late there, stalder, FTDLO, stuck. Excellent. 13.650 (5.2, 8.450)
7:40 pm. Adrian de los Angeles VT: Kaz 1.5, pretty good in the air, just some ankle form and a big hop forward. 14.200 (5.2, 9.000)
7:39 pm. Alex Diab SR: We missed the beginning of this. Maybe a bit muscly going into his planche from his double pike…down into iron cross, mostly great on his handstands, full-twisting double layout with a hop back. Good work. 14.750 (5.8, 8.950)
7:38 pm. Eddie Penev VT: Shewfelt, nice air, clean in flight, baby hop forward. 14.450 (5.2, 9.250)
7:36 pm. Allan Bower PH: Good work on his scissors early on. Single pommel work is great, transitions well to both and then to the other pommel. Some wide-arm travels and a single hand circle deal, great transition into the handstand for the dismount. Excellent job from him! 14.350 (6.1, 8.250)
7:35 pm. Starting any minute now!
7:32 pm. Sam and the USOPTC crew will start on vault tonight, and I feel like starting on vault and ending on rings would be ideal in MAG. You know, never having done men’s gymnastics, I’m an expert at what’s preferable. I mean, I guess you might be exhausted by the time you get to rings and your endurance might suffer, but at least pretty much everyone is basically guaranteed to not fall on rings, as opposed to high bar, where it’s basically a guarantee that you will absolutely fall.
7:31 pm. The touch warm-up is just beginning and people in the crowd are popping off.
7:30 pm. So you may remember that on night one, Sam Mikulak freaking cruuuuushed it. With the exception of vault, he looked to be in peak condition, and even though a nearly three-point lead coming into day two will make it pretty much impossible for anyone to beat him no matter what happens, another six-for-six night will inspire further confidence in his growing consistency.
Akash Modi also had an incredible first day, and I was bummed to see him ranked half a tenth behind Yul Moldauer, who was a bit iffy on many of his events. Yul had an outstanding p-bars set, though, and that combined with a superb floor set helped push him to an 84 with Akash trailing just behind.
Tied alongside Akash in third was Shane Wiskus, kind of the biggest surprise of the night on Thursday, but he was absolutely outstanding, especially on vault. I was also happily surprised with the excellent performance from Trevor Howard, who is fifth coming into the second night of competition after proving to be both a strong all-arounder as well as a major talent on rings.
Riley Loos, fresh from the junior ranks, is currently in sixth place, Donnell Whittenburg is in seventh after a weak showing on pommels and high bar, and Matt Wenske rounds out the top eight. Allan Bower had a rough night with a fall on high bar, but he climbed from the bottom of the standings up to 10th place and could continue his rise tonight, and we also saw mistakes from Alec Yoder, currently 15th, and from Kanji Oyama, currently 20th. As for the specialists, Eddie Penev had a fall on floor, while Stephen Nedoroscik leads the field on pommels.